Wisconsin Book Festival Presents Meghan O'Gieblyn for God, Human, Animal, Machine

Description
Image
God Human Animal Machine book cover

For most of human history the world was a magical and enchanted place ruled by forces beyond our understanding. The rise of science and Descartes's division of mind from world made materialism our ruling paradigm, in the process asking whether our own consciousness--i.e., souls--might be illusions. Now the inexorable rise of technology, with artificial intelligences that surpass our comprehension and control, and the spread of digital metaphors for self-understanding, the core questions of existence--identity, knowledge, the very nature and purpose of life itself--urgently require rethinking.

Meghan O'Gieblyn tackles this challenge with philosophical rigor, intellectual reach, essayistic verve, refreshing originality, and an ironic sense of contradiction. She draws deeply and sometimes humorously from her own personal experience as a formerly religious believer still haunted by questions of faith, and she serves as the best possible guide to navigating the territory we are all entering.

Where
Central Library
Meeting Room 301
When
-
Staff Info
Reserved time: -
Setup: 1/2 Hour
Takedown: No Take-down Required
Showing on daily schedule
Showing in public calendar
Meta
Confirmed
60352
Created by: bookintern
Created: 10/13/21 - 12:33
Last updated: 10/13/21 - 12:33
Audience: Adult
Type: Library Program
Category/Topic: Author Reading
Tags:
Language: English
ASL Provided
Event Registration
This event does not require registration.